Why do some mysteries get attention and others don’t?

Friends and fellow scribblers, I hope this past weekend was one filled with relaxation, a dabble or two into the refreshment arts, and perhaps you picked up a tome that normally wouldn’t float your boat. I tells ya, I’m really into Brad Thor’s Foreign Influence. While Thor is a little on the Bill O’Reilly side for my tastes, the man can write! Every chapter leaves me wanting to turn the page and every character remains cavorting around my head long after I read about them.

But, enough about the weekend, let’s move on to Mystery Monday. Question: why do some mysteries get attention and others do not? Here’s a little fact: the US Justice Dept reports that 797,500 children (younger than 18) are reported missing in a one-year period.  That’s an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.  The good news is that those missing kids are rarely killed, only 100 kids of those 797,500 are killed. But I think we all agree that even 1 killed is 1 too many.

But why do some of these cases get reported in the media and others don’t? Consider the case of Casey Anthony, or the investigation into Natalee Holloway’s death. Why were their cases given such extreme media coverage? In Holloway’s case, was it the exotic location of the crime? The fact that here was a young person on spring break, something that millions of us have done, which is supposed to be a carefree time, and this horrific thing happened? In Anthony’s case, she was a white, middle class young woman who had a cute kid. Murder shouldn’t touch those types of folks. And yet, since both the murder of Caylee Anthony and the disappearance of Natalee Holloway have happened, hundreds of parents have been implicated in the killing of their children around the country. Hundreds of young people who go traveling abroad go missing. But those murdered kids aren’t white, middle class Americans. And those young people traveling abroad may just be trying to cross a border for a better life.

So, is it because their stories play well on Oprah and Nancy Grace? Is that the reason why the media loves their stories? Is it because when they play their stories over the airwaves, we are watching reflections of ourselves on our flat screens in the comfort of our own homes? I think that has something to do with it. But just once, if I must hear about murdered or missing kids, I want to hear about the kid from the wrong side of the tracks who disappeared, or the little girl whose crack-addicted mother was thrown in jail for killing her. Don’t the victims in those cases deserve just as much of our thoughts and prayers as the people we see every day in the mirror?


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

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